Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 7
- Grade: k to 2
- Reading age: 4 to 7
Kelly's mom doesn't understand all of the reasons why red is the best color. Through minimal text and elegant illustration, Kelly shows her mom why juice tastes better in the red cup, red pyjamas keep the monsters away at night, and red boots take bigger steps. Red is Best is the classic best-selling picture book by Kathy Stinson and Robin Baird Lewis, available now as an e-book.
About the authors
Kathy Stinson is a familiar name in children’s literature. She wrote the award-winning Red is Best and Big or Little?—two of the first picture books for preschoolers in Canada. Both were a huge success and have since achieved international acclaim. Red is Best 25th Anniversary Edition was released in 2006 a newly illustrated Big or Little? was published in 2009. Kathy’s latest book, The Man with the Violin (2013), was greeted with rave reviews, including starred reviews in Kirkus and uill & uire. Illustrated by Duan Petricic, this beautifully evocative picture book tells the true story of world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, who conducted an experiment by anonymously playing his priceless violin in the Washington D.C. subway station. Kathy grew up in Toronto. “My love affair with books began as a child,” she says. “I remember regular visits to the library, getting stacks of books to read.” She still has a notebook of stories that she wrote when she was in grade four. She believes that reading a lot is the key to becoming a good writer. In the early 1970s Kathy attended university while teaching elementary school. In 1981, she took a course called “How to write and get published.” The titles she has published in the years since range from picture books to young adult novels, from historical fiction chapter books to short stories in the horror genre. 2008 sees the publication of her first brand-new picture book in sixteen years! Kathy enjoys visiting schools across Canada, and especially talking with fellow writers. In 1987 she traveled to England as part of an exchange of Canadian and British children’s authors. She has helped students across Canada pursue their own creative projects through the Writers in Electronic Residence program, and in many communities has conducted writing workshops for children and for adults. When she’s not busy writing or reading, Kathy is a self-proclaimed jigsaw puzzle addict. Her children now grown, she lives with her partner, editor Peter Carver, in a hamlet not far from Guelph, Ontario.
Robin Baird Lewis est l'illustratrice de l'album Le rouge, c'est bien mieux!, un grand classique de la littérature jeunesse. Depuis plus de 30 ans, les oeuvres de Robin sont exposées dans les plus grandes galeries, font partie de collections publiques et privées dans le monde entier et remportent des prix prestigieux de design et d'illustration. Robin habite Guelph, en Ontario.
Robin Baird Lewis illustrations for the classic picture book Red is Best (Le rouge, c'est bien mieux!) have taken on iconic stature for the tens of thousands of people who read the book as a child, and are now reading it to their own children and grandchildren. For over 30 years, Robin has established a respectable body of work in art galleries, in public and private collections internationally, and in award-wining book illustration and design.
Other titles by Kathy Stinson
The Girl Who Loved Giraffes
And Became the World's First Giraffologist
Lady with the Books, The
A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman